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Gillingham: Tributes paid to joiner Declan Small from Northern Ireland killed in helicopter crash

19:39 14 March 2014

Police at a cordon on the A146.

Police at a cordon on the A146.

Declan Small, of Mayobridge in Co Down, Northern Ireland, was 42 and a joiner by trade who was working as a foreman for Lord Ballyedmond.

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He was one of four to be killed in the helicopter crash on Thursday night.

Mr Small leaves behind his mother Margaret, and three brothers.

Yesterday Josephine O’Hare, a former Mayobridge councillor for the Social Democratic and Labour Party, said the community there was “dumbfounded and absolutely numbed last night when the word came”.

“He was a pleasant boy that grew up into a very lovely man,” she said, adding that he had been involved in all sorts of clubs when he was younger and was “very popular”.

“He was such a nice fellow and from a popular family, it’s just such a sad loss.”

The family, she said, are “devastated, just devastated, you couldn’t even describe how said they are… his mother’s heart is breaking.”

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